Fragments

Our lives, my life, have been halted in so many ways.  But nothing, not even this, is black or white; and amidst the uncertainty and heartache, life keeps unfolding before our eyes. The blood-red and golden hues of every sunset keep shining just as magnificently, the reflections of the sunlight on the ocean keep dazzling […]

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GAME in the time of the coronavirus

Due to the coronavirus situation in Germany, the GAME preparation course at GEOMAR was stopped on Monday March 16th. So, instead of going on the Baltic Sea excursion, which was scheduled for Monday to Wednesday of the same week, the GAME participants stopped their activities and prepared for their journey home. By now, all external […]

Planktongeschwabbel

Net hauls have so far provided valuable insights into the gelatinous zooplankton communities along our transect from the Mediterranean Sea into the North Atlantic Ocean. While our sampling sites in the Strait of Gibraltar were mostly populated by pelagic tunicates (salps), several hydromedusae (A. Liriope sp. with abundances of up to 1 ind. m-3), the […]

Sunny skies

Catamaran trawl, collecting particles and microplastics from the sea surface in the strait of Gibraltar, between the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean

We completed our first two stations without a problem. The Alkor crew knows our gear well, and deployment and retrieval are as smooth as the glassy sea surface right now. We’re collecting water and particles from the CTD/Niskin rosette, underway seawater system, and pumps that filter in situ. We use Bongo nets to collect particles […]

The deep water hunt

32 µmol nitrate per liter – fantastic!! Better than I dared to dream. But let’s start from the beginning. The main objective of our study is to unravel how changes in upwelling intensity affect the food web and elemental cycling in the Peruvian upwelling system. Simply speaking, should upwelling intensity decline let’s say by 50% […]